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    junglemonkey Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Jul 13, 2009, 09:31 AM
    Diy install ground wire for 3 prong outlet
    I just moved to the dominican republic... my 2nd floor apartment has your typical 3 prong outlets... but no ground!(?).

    I hear this is normal down here. The apartment is make of cement blocks. Usually they build the walls then break them to install the wiring before cementing it flat.

    Anyway... I want to keep my audio/visual equipment safe from surges (which are everyday occurrences here)... my surge protector won't work because there is no ground.

    I was thinking to connect a wire to all the outlets I will be using for the tv/dvd etc. run them out a window and connect them to a spike in the ground (?) I say this because I was shown a similar set up in a friend's house... I was told the electric company will do it.

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    stanfortyman Posts: 5,598, Reputation: 279
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    Jul 13, 2009, 01:26 PM
    All I can/will say are two things.

    - A "spike" in the ground will do NOTHING as far as providing a ground to a circuit.

    - This is a rental. I would not touch anything electrical there. Even in the DR.

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